Help Me Grow

Early Intervention

Early Intervention is a  federally funded program available to children who have been identified as having a medically diagnosed disability or developmental delay.

Help Me Grow Central Intake & Referral
On August 1, 2017 a new statewide Help Me Grow Central Intake and Referral system becomes fully operational and will begin to accept and manage referrals for service. 

***NEW***    Help Me Grow Central Intake and Referral Process:
   Secure Web-Based Referral Form:
   Toll-Free Help Me Grow Referral Line:  1-800-755-4769
   Local Help Me Grow Referral Line:  419-665-3322


Eligibility for Part C Early Intervention services in the Help Me Grow system includes individuals and the families of individuals in each of the following populations:

1. Newborns, infants and toddlers who are experiencing a developmental delay in one or more of the following areas:

a. Cognitive development

b. Physical development, including vision and hearing

c. Communication development

d. Social-emotional development

e. Adaptive development

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2. Newborns, infants and toddlers who have a diagnosed physical or mental condition identified by the department as having a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay. 

Financial eligibility is not a requirement for Part C eligibility.

Eligibility must be documented for individuals in the identified populations who may meet the eligibility criteria established by the department.

On going Visits for At risk Families

Ongoing home visits are provided to children and families that have been identified as meeting at least four criteria that indicate a child may be at?risk for developmental delay. The five most common risk factors seen in Ohio include family income, physical or social isolation, adolescent mother, inadequate health care and lack of a stable residence.  Research indicates that early interventions are the best chance at mitigating the effects of these risk factors, improving outcomes for children and their families, and reducing public expenditures in the future.  At?risk services are also considered effective in preventing child abuse as child abuse prevention and intervention activities must address the risk factors for maltreatment, and strengthen families and communities to create healthier environments for raising children.